MA Programme Description
The Menswear programme encourages the development of students’ individual design identity through the translation of their personal research into design.
Within the discipline there are four areas
of separate design specialisation that may
be studied: knitwear, footwear, accessory
design and millinery. Specialism students will
follow their own curriculum but a cross over,
in lectures on relevant design topics, research
and materials are shared.
During the programme, students are given
the opportunity to develop their individuality
and creativity through concentrating on the
following subjects: research and development
of design ideas, colour, fabric and yarn sourcing,
dedicated technical workshops relevant to
the specialism selected, drawing and portfolio
presentation. Professional presentations and
portfolio development focus on communication
skills and the ability of students to present
their work coherently and intelligently.
The course offers a personalised learning
environment, created through one-to-one
tutorials and work reviews with the staff and
invited guests from industry and the media.
External, industry-set projects are
selected primarily to provide students with
the experience of working professionally, and
are timetabled in both first and second years.
These professional contacts frequently lead
to sponsorship, international placements and
freelance design work for our students.
In their second year, students work
more independently, developing their design
ethos that leads through material support,
silhouette and cutting experiments to a final
collection or narrative. Students will have the
opportunity to show their work at the end of
their final year.
Critical & Historical Studies
The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first year studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline (though it is possible to elect to join a series being offered to students on other programmes) whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.
In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted *at the end of the Summer Term.* The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will be not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.
"We encourage students to develop their individual vision and design identity."